Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, under the baton of principal guest conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is part of the orchestra’s first U.S. tour, which includes 26 cities from coast to coast.
Winner of the top prize in the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Rabinovich is known for the impeccable clarity of his execution and the vivacity and virtuosity of his performances. He has performed throughout Israel, the United States and Europe, in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Metropolitan Museum, Salle Cortot in Paris and the Moscow Conservatory.
Rabinovich, who lives in New York, made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta at the age of 10. Since then, his guest soloist appearances have included the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Dohnanyi Orchestra of Budapest, and the Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra of Switzerland, among other orchestras. In addition to Maestro Mehta, Rabinovich has worked with such conductors as JoAnn Falletta, David Amado, Yoav Talmi, Noam Sheriff, Yaniv Segal, and Arie Lipsky.
Most recently, in early 2013, Orchid Classics released Rabinovich’s debut recording, “Ballets Russes,” for which he was honored with the Classical Recording Foundation Artist of the Year award. His new CD was also given a four-star review by BBC Music Magazine, which said: “The enthusiasm of his joyful playing is infectious – the absence is barely registered of the rich orchestral fabric in which these ballets are usually clothed” (August 2013).
In April 2009, as part of his prize at the Rubinstein Competition, Rabinovich played a recital for the Mezzo channel in France, which was televised to 39 countries and to millions of viewers. In May 2008, he replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel was founded in 1950. Under the musical direction of world acclaimed Maestro Noam Sheriff, the orchestra has in recent years become the focal point of musical life in the north of Israel.
The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut, 2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104, 7:30 p.m.
For ticket information, call (860) 486-4226 or visit jorgensen.uconn.edu.